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PERSONAL CREED AND RESOLUTIONS. 1 12. There are two worlds besides this I
| live in-a world of misery for unbelieving From the Free Church Magazine.
sinners, and a world of glory for believing
saints. [Written in a Book by Mr. M'Culloch, Minister of Cambuslang, dated April 29,
I am resolved, by the grace of God, 1713.]
1. To walk by rule, and, therefore, which 1. There is one living and true God, the | is necessary, to resolve upon rules to walk by. infinitely most glorious of all beings.
2. To make the word of God the rule of 2. Whatsoever the Most High God re. all the rules I propose to myself. quires me to believe or perform for his glory 3. As I cannot do or even think anything and my happiness, is revealed in the Holy
that is good without Divine grace, so I will Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.
not pretend to merit any favour from God 3. As there is one God, so there is in the by anything I am enabled to do for his glory Godhead, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. hereafter. 4. I was conceived in sin and brought
4. To make Jesus Christ the pattern of forth in iniquity, and ever since I was born I my life here, so that he may be the portion bave been conceiving mischief and brioging of my soul hereafter. forth vanity.
5. To walk by faith and not by sight on 5. The Son of God became the Son of earth, that I may live by sight and not by man, that the sons of men might be made
faith in heaven. the sons of God.
6. To be always looking upon God as 6. Jesus Christ lived to God and died for always looking upon me. sin, that I might die to sin and live unto 7. To watch as much over the inward God.
motions of my heart as the outward actions 7. Jesus Christ rose from the dead and of my life. ascended into heaven, that I might rise from
8. To be as much afraid to let in vain sin and come to him.
thoughts as diligent to keep out sinful ones. 8. My person is only justified through 9. To be always exercising my thoughts the merits of Jesus Christ imputed to me,
on good objects, that the devil may not and my nature is only sanctified by the
exercise them upon bad ones. Spirit of Jesus Christ implanted in me
10. To review carefully my past life, and 9. God entered into a covenant of works | look frequently forward to death and eterwith the first Adam, and into a covenant of grace with the second Adam.
[A copy of the above was kept for many 10. As God entered into a double cove
years hanging in the study of the late Dr. nant, so he huth confirmed his covenant of
M'Culloch, of Dairsie, son of Mr. M‘Culloch, grace to us by a double seal-baptism and
of Cambuslang. It shows well the deep the Lord's supper.
earnestness and spirituality of mind in both 11. After a short separation, my soul and of those distinguished servants of the Lord; body shall be again united, to appear before | and it may be well for ministers in our own the judgment-seat of Jesus Christ, to be day to ponder the secret of their strength finally judged according to my works. T and usefulness.]
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FIFTY-THIRD GENERAL ANNUAL MEETING
OF THE London Missionary Society. The Anniversary Services of the Society, held in the course of last month, were peculiarly edifying, harmonious, and delightful. The Friends and Members of the Institution assembled in great numbers from all parts of the Empire to participate in the elevating enjoyments of our solemnities; and, by the deep in. terest they evinced, both on occasion of the Public Meeting at Exeter Hall, and the other more devotional services, they proved, no less than by their presence, their ardent and growing attachment to the interests and objects of the Society.
In the excellent spirit that prevailed, and the generous expressions of affection and confidence with which they were favoured, the Directors received the strongest assurance of the high position which the Society continues to occupy in public estimation ; the most unequivocal pledges of the stability of its sacred interests; and the most cheering promise of its enlarged prosperity, both at home and abroad. The Head of the Church has thus set the seal of his gracious approbation on our labours and proceedings through another year ; and, in grateful recognition of his unchanging love towards the cause in which we are embarked, we render to Him the tribute of our humble and adoring praise.
We have great pleasure in presenting our numerous readers with the following report of the various Services :
MONDAY, MAY 10.
EPISCOPAL CHAPEL, GRAY'S INN ROAD. The PRAYERS were read by the Rev. Tuomas MORTIMER, B.D. ; and the Rev. W. W. EwBANK, Incumbent of Everton, Liverpool, preached from Acts xvii, 6.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 12.
SURREY CHAPEL. The Rev. JAMES SHERMAN read the PRAYERS of the Church of England ; after which the Rev. J. A. JAMES offered prayer.
The Rev. GEORGE Smith, of London, preached from Numbers xiv. 21; and the Rev. JAMES STOUGHTON concluded with prayer.
TABERNACLE. The Rev. A. Jack, of North Shields, read the SCRIPTURES and prayed; the Rev. JAMES PARSONS, of York, preached from Acts xvii. 23. ; and the Rev. D, T. CARNSON, of Preston, concluded with prayer.
FRIDAY, May 14.
POULTRY CHAPEL. The Rev. J. E. Ashby offered prayer; the Rev. SAMUEL MARTIN, of Westminster, preached to the JUVENILE FRIENDS of the Society, from Psalm xlv. 16; and the Rev. E. PROUT concluded with prayer.
MONDAY, May 17. SACRAMENTAL SERVICES were held at Sion Chapel; Craven Chapel; Falcon-square Chapel; Surrey Chapel; Claremont Chapel; St. Thomas's-square, Hackney; Stockwell Chapel; Maberly Chapel; Tottenham Court-road Chapel; Hanover Chapel, Peckham; Trevor Chapel, Chelsea; Greenwich Tabernacle ; Westminster Chapel.
*** The Collections made at the several Annual Meetings, and on LORD's Day, May 16, will be stated in our next Number. VOL. XXV.
THURSDAY, May 13,
EXETER HALL. The Fifty-Third Annual Meeting was held at Exeter-hall, on Thursday morning, the 13th of May. The intense interest felt in the proceedings was manifested from the early hour at which the hall began to be crowded. At ten o'clock, the hour appointed for taking the Chair, the Secretaries and several of the Directors appeared on the Platform, and were loudly cheered. Sir E. N. BUXTON, Bart., having taken the Chair, in which he was supported by Sir C. E. EARDLEY, Bart., and Dr. R. W. HAMILTON,
The proceedings were commenced by the Rev. J. J. FREEMAN, Home Secretary, giving out the 33rd Hymn of the Missionary Collection
"Rise, gracious God, and shine
In all thy saving might," &c.
The CHAIRMAN rose, and, after advert is opened, and the world all before you-a ing to the catholic principles and Mis world which has still to be converted looksionary successes of the Society, said: ing to these heroes, I trust you will follow Those who belong to this Institution must, them as they followed Christ. I think, look back with strong satisfaction to
Rev. A. TIDMAN, Secretary of the Society, those great names, who are, indeed, your property-such names as Morrison of China,
on rising to read the Report, was received and Williams of Polynesia. Others there
with reiterated bursts of applause. That
document was of a highly-interesting chaare in which I feel a more particular inte
racter, forming a condensed and perspicuous rest, especially that great man, Smith, of Demerara, who, while he served God in the
statement of the proceedings of the Society,
both at home and abroad, in the past year. damp prison of that country, was uncon
It contained numerous features of powerful sciously pulling down the first stone of the
interest, alternately painful and encouragmiserable structure of Slavery, and of whom it might truly be said, that, while he stood
ing, chiefly in reference to the foreign laand waited, he served the Lord. It is a
bours of the Society in Polynesia, China,
India, Africa, and the West Indies; consource of great satisfaction to me to feel
cluding with a brief Statistical Summary of that my honoured father had the pleasure and the gratification, though he never saw
the several Missions, which was nearly the
same as reported in the year preceding, viz., him, of fighting side by side with that great
number of Stations and Outstations supman. Then I turn to another man, who
ported by the Society in different parts of has done the greatest service, in many
the world, 460; Churches, 150; 165 Euroways, to the cause of humanity in South
pean Missionaries; and 700 European and Africa - the Rev. Dr. Philip. I cannot,
Native Assistants. standing here, forget that for years my fa
Number of Printing
Establishments, 15. ther fought with him-and felt it his privi.
In the past year the
Directors had sent forth to various parts of lege to do so-the cause of humanity,
the world Missionaries, with their families, liberty, and religion. I do believe that the
amounting, exclusive of children, to 15 inservices of that man to the human race
dividuals. have been great, and that though he never
The total amount of receipts during the can expect, and would not desire such a
past year, had been 76,3191. 78. ld.; the triumph as I have mentioned, yet in the great day it will be found that he has been
expenditure, 75,7241. 6s. lld. a high benefactor to man, and I feel assured The Rev. Dr. ALEXANDER, of Edinburgh, that his name will be written in heaven. in proposing the first Resolution, said: I These glorious recollections, I trust, will come from one of the extremities of your produce an appropriate effect upon the Missionary body in this country; and I am Meeting, and upon the Constituency of this here to declare to this large meeting, that. Society; they will not induce you to relax throughout the whole of that extremity, as your labours, or to feel that your work is far as I know it, missionary zeal flows with done, for God knows it is hardly yet com- unabated ardour, and the warmth of attachmeneed; but, animated by the example of ment to this great Society was never greater these illustrious men, you will be stirred up than it is at the present moment. The Re. to greater exertions, feeling that the door solution which I have the honour of submit.
ting to this meeting is to the following
“That the Report, of which an Abstract has been
presented, be approved and adopted, and that it be printed and circulated by the Directors at the earliest practicable period; that the manifold and striking proofs which it supplies, of the Divine sanction graciously given to the labours of the Society's faithful Missionaries, demand from this meeting devout thankfulness and humble joy, while the evidence it gives, that the cause of Christian Missions is entirely dependent for prosperity on the grace of God, should constrain the Churches of our country to the exercise of more earnest and persevering prayer, that he would multiply the number of well-qualified Agents for this sacred service, and crown with augmented success the labours of those already in the field."
It is fortunate for me that this is a Resolution which needs no support at my hands. I am perfectly sure that the friends present will promptly adopt it as soon as they have heard it from the Chair. With regard to the Report, an abstract of which we have just heard, I think we may say that its best advocate is itself, and that its eulogy is furnished by its contents. But let us not content ourselves with the mere form of adopting it, and of passing this Resolution; let us not adopt it merely with the outward homage of the hand or of the foot ; let us give it the assent of our hearts ; let us feel that it lays upon us a deep obligation to go forward with increased alacrity in this good cause; let us adopt it with devout gratitude to Almighty God for the grace he has vouchsafed to this Society during another year; that he has sustained our operations unabated and unimpaired during a year of unexampled national distress and straitness; that he has sent home to us from every part of the Missionary field so much delightful, encouraging, and elevating intelligence; that he has preserved our faithful Missionaries ; that he has kept up our Missionary Churches; and that he has enabled the Directors of this Society so to conduct its affairs during another year, that they stand up before the huge assembly of their Con. stituents, gathered, I believe, from every part of the Empire, to thank God and to take courage. And this they can do with out any painful misgivings in their hearts --without the retractation of any of their measures-without any apology for any of their doings—and without any shade of shame resting upon their brow.
The Report which has been submitted to you presents somewhat of a chequered scene: it has its bright spots and its dark ; its occasions for gladness and its occasions for regret; but what is this but to say that it possesses the features which characterize the progress of every good cause in this world of calamity and sin? The walk of every good man, the advance of every good cause, throughout the earth, is like the mid
day walk under the foliage of trees-now a streak of gold lying across our path, and now a deepening shade. This diversity is in the condition of all good things here below. A scene all darkness belongs to that kingdom which we seek to destroy; and a scene all brightness will be found only in that place whither our labours tend, and where we shall receive our reward.
With regard to China, the first thing that strikes every one is the vast field which there demands our operations. Grand, solemn, almost to overwhelming, is the scene presented to the Christian Philanthropist by that country, with myriads of human beings passing bastily through their brief course of mortality, and rolling, with incessant stream, into an awful eternity. How thankful we should be that God, in his providence, has brought that vast country within reach, in part at least, of our Missionary and Evangelical Operations. Three hundred and sixty millions of living, intelligent, accountable, immortal creatures! what a congregation to be gathered together! not, indeed, within the reach of one voice, for that is impossible, but, to a very great and delightful extent, brought under the teaching of one book-the Book that maketh man wise unto salvation, through faith which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Since we cannot, as yet, pour into that field our hundreds of men, it is a matter of thankfulness that we can pour into it the Word of God, and scatter amongst its people those leaves which are emphatically for the healing of the nations. What evidence, if evidence were needed, does that Report supply of the destitution of China-of the need which its population has of such teaching as the Bible alone can convey. The field is open. The cry is urgent: China with its millions is before you! Men and brethren, in the name of the Lord God of Hosts, go up and possess the land! and, as the Directors pray you for men and for means, let neither be wanting; but, if we are suffered to assemble again at the close of another year, let them have to tell their Constituency that they have succeeded in sending out a double number of efficient Missionaries into that field.
With regard to Tahiti, what can I say that will correspond with the feelings of this meeting? Alas! there all the scene almost is dark. But who can fail to recog. nise, in the conduct of the Christian part of the Refugees, a noble evidence of the power of Christianity over the hearts and minds of men ? Look at that Sabbath scene amongst the mountains-behold that harassed and persecuted remnant-see how, over their assembly, there has descended the calmness of holy repose and the smiles of a heavenly host! Behold there the evi
dence of a peace which passeth all under and I lay to heart that this is always, sooner standing, which the world cannot give and or later, the winning cause. Am I too cannot take away-and then look down sanguine? Perhaps I am. But how can upon that town possessed by a so-called we give thee up, oh, Tahiti?—the land of civilized people. Mark those scenes of so many prayers- the scene of so many horrid debauchery-listen to those sounds successes--the cause of so many thanksof revelry and blasphemy-see the orgies givings unto God--the land which we have of infidelity there rampant-and tell me, yé been permitted to point to as the great sages, ye philosophers, that dream of the triumph of our Missionary work, as the perfectibility of the human species ! ye men great pyramid of our Missionary operations That long for the emancipation of your race --the land, part of whose dust belongs to from what is bad! which is the savage and Heaven, and is destined to shine in immorwhich is the civilized? which is the Heathen tality. and which is the Christian? And if you The Rev. J. BURNET said :-In rising to give your suffrage, as I think you must second the Resolution, I cannot help expresgive it, in favour of the patriots on the hills, sing my high gratification at the appearthen I claim from you your suffrage and ances presented this day. Everything seems support in behalf of the great cause which to indicate that this meeting is determined has been the instrument, in the hand of to take up the pledges that our friend has God, of teaching these once degraded, infu- offered for our acceptance. The day itself riated savages, to keep holy the Sabbath, seems propitious to us. We see some of and to give a lesson to the highest civilized Dr. Alexander's golden tints coming even nation of Europe.
here into the heart of this vast assembly, to The tone of the Report, with regard to cheer us at our anniversary; and we have the prospects of Tahiti, is somewhat sombre none of the dark shadows of which he has and mournful. I fear that there is for this been speaking, to cast the least tint of gloom but too good ground, and yet will the meet over our proceedings. I like to see the Mis. ing sympathize with me when I say I ansionary Ship, and once more stand upon its not disposed to give up that cause. I look deck, though for half a century its flag has back upon the history of my own country, braved the battle and the breeze, from the and I find there was a time when the people rising to the setting sun. I can see in the of God there were a poor and a persecuted hardier faces around me and before me an remnant, when their cause seemed as dark expressive resolve, that, although she has and as desperate as that of the patriots put into port for this day, it is not to be paid of Tahiti. They were driven from their off and dismissed, but rather to have the sanctuaries and their homes- their old assurance that she shall not lack a crew of men, their wives, their children, who good and worthy seamen to work her could not follow them to the mountains, through another year. I think I see in the were seized by the brutal soldiers who softer faces before me the assurance that traversed the country, and were murdered our lady-passengers are not afraid to sail in cold blood. Men had to seek their with us. We go out, therefore, once more spiritual food at the peril of their lives upon our voyage, and, whilst we find that
they had to maintain their retreats by our crews are ready to work the vessel, and continual conflict — they had to worship whilst we find that lady-passengers are their God with the sword at their side, and willing to sail in it, we must obtain from the the musket in their hand-to spread the landsmen and women-the gentlemen and elements which commemorated a Saviour's ladies we leave behind-the assurance, bedying love under the broad eye of heaven; fore we go on board, that they will provide and to perform their sacred services in the the supplies. Sailors, it is true, are wanted, open air. All seemed dark, and, as the year and there can be no fleet without them; went on, every day seemed darker than the but miserably would that fleet fare if there preceding. To the human eye everything were no landsmen to support it. There are seemed lost and hopeless; but the men of the no waving harvests on the sea, and, conseCovenant were men every inch of them. The quently, the land and the sea must work time of their deliverance came, and after the together in this high and important service. darkness there was the dawn, and the enemy I need not ask whether the meeting are preretreated before them, partly vanquished by pared to stand by their obligations to keep their valour and partly ashamed of himself; the vessel sailing. They have already shown and then they came forth from their hiding that they are prepared to do this - they places, with that old banner torn and soiled, have enthusiasticaīly shown it, and they but not dishonoured, in their hands. Now, never can be too enthusiastic in so great when I think of these things, I am not dis and holy a cause. posed to despond of Tahiti and Tahitian Looking to the Report, in connection Patriots. I remember their cause it is the with the statement of Account, what do I cause of truth, and virtue, and freedom; find? This speaks well for the Missionary